Field Mycology

Overview: Survey and field/lab identification of fungi in the Ascomycota and Basidiomycota phyla. Independent field research project. Lectures will cover the basic biology and ecology of the Ascomycota and Basidiomycota.

Research Skills: Identification of common genera and species in the Ascomycota and Basidiomycota. Appropriate practices used to collect, store, and describe macro-fungi using both micro- and macro characters. Design and conduct an independent field project.

Practical Skills: Understand the basic biology and ecology of fungi commonly found in the field. Collect and construct a proper fungal collection. 

Boat Use: There will be no opportunity for students to drive boats during Field Mycology. Boat driving is not recommended for this course. Students who wish to drive boats at BMSC must hold a PCOC and valid first aid certificate and will participate in an introductory boat check-out on the first day of orientation.

Physical Requirements: This is a physically demanding course, and moderate physical fitness is required. Field activities will include daily off-trail walking in dense forest habitat, on sloped terrain, and wet, slippery surfaces. Students should be able to walk long distances.

Prerequisite: 3rd year standing in biology or related field.

Required Texts: Arora, D. (1986) Mushrooms Demystified. Ten Speed Press, and Kendrick, B (2017) The Fifth Kingdom. Mycologue Publications

We have not hosted a Field Mycology course for a number of years, and we are very excited about this offering!